Way meaning

Freedom to do as one wishes.

If I had my way.

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An aptitude or facility.

She certainly does have a way with words.

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Way is a space for passing or going from one place to another, or a manner of doing something.

An example of a way is the route to get from one place to another.

An example of a way is folding a shirt in half lengthwise and in half again.

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A state or condition.

He is in a bad way financially.

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Vicinity.

Drop in when you're out our way.

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A longitudinal strip on a surface that serves to guide a moving machine part.
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The structure on which a ship is built and from which it slides when launched.
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A road, path, or highway affording passage from one place to another.
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An opening affording passage.

This door is the only way into the attic.

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Space to proceed.

Cleared the way for the parade.

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Opportunity to advance.

Opened the way to peace.

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A course that is or may be used in going from one place to another.

Tried to find the shortest way home.

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Progress or travel along a certain route or in a specific direction.

On her way north.

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Distance.

The travelers have come a long way. That village is a good ways off.

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A course of conduct or action.

Tried to take the easy way out of the mess he was in.

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A manner or method of doing something.

Several ways of solving this problem; had no way to reach her.

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Used with a personal pronoun as the object of various verbs to indicate progress toward an objective.

Elbowed his way through the crowd; talked my way into the club; worked his way into a better job.

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A usual or habitual manner or mode of being, living, or acting.

The American way of life.

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An individual or personal manner of behaving, acting, or doing.

Have it your own way.

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A specific direction.

He glanced my way.

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A participant. Often used in combination.

A three-way conversation.

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An aspect, particular, or feature.

Resembles his father in many ways; in no way comparable.

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Nature or category.

Not much in the way of a plot.

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By a great distance or to a great degree; far.

Way off base; way too expensive.

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Very; extremely.
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From this place; away.

Go way.

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Used in response to no way to indicate affirmation contradicting a negative assertion.
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A means of passing from one place to another, as a road, highway, street or path.

The Appian Way.

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Room or space for passing; free area; an opening, as in a crowd or traffic.

Clear a way for the ambulance.

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A route or course that is or may be used to go from one place to another.

Highway, railway, one-way street.

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A specified route or direction.

On the way to town.

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A path in life; course or habits of life or conduct.

To fall into evil ways.

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A usual or customary manner of living, acting, or being.

The way of the world.

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A characteristic manner of acting or doing.

To learn the ways of other people.

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Manner or style.

To have a pleasant way.

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Distance [a long way off]

Just a little ways to go.

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Direction of movement or action.

Go this way; look this way.

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Respect; point; particular; feature.

To be right in some ways.

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What one desires; wish; will.

To have or get one's own way.

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Relationship as to those taking part.

A four-way conversation.

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A (specified) state or condition.

To be in a bad way.

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A district; locality; area.

Out our way.

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A surface or slide on which the carriage of a lathe, etc. moves along its bed.
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Movement, esp. forward movement, of a ship or boat through the water.
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A framework on which a ship is built and down which it slides in being launched.
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A course of action; method or manner of doing something.

Do it this way.

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A means to an end; method.

A way to cut costs.

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To a considerable extent or distance; far; well.

Way beyond, way in, way back.

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Much; to a considerable degree.

Way better, way more, way too slow.

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Really, very, extremely, etc.

Hip friends who are way cool.

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To do with a place or places.
  • A road, a direction, a (physical or conceptual) path from one place to another.
    Do you know the way to the airport? Come this way and I'll show you a shortcut. It's a long way from here.
  • A means to enter or leave a place.
    We got into the cinema through the back way.
  • A roughly-defined geographical area.
    If you're ever 'round this way, come over and visit me.
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A method or manner of doing something; a mannerism.

You're going about it the wrong way. He's known for his quirky ways. I don't like the way she looks at me.

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Personal interaction.
  • Possibility (usually in the phrases 'any way' and 'no way').
    There's no way I'm going to clean up after you.
  • Determined course; resolved mode of action or conduct.
    My little sister always whines until she gets her way.
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(paganism) A tradition within the modern pagan faith of Heathenry, dedication to a specific deity or craft, Way of wyrd, Way of runes, Way of Thor etc.
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(nautical) Speed, progress, momentum.
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A degree, an amount, a sense.

In a large way, crocodiles and alligators are similar.

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(As the head of an interjectory clause) Acknowledges that a task has been done well, chiefly in expressions of sarcastic congratulation.

Way to ruin the moment, guys.

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(informal, with comparative or modified adjective) Much.

I'm way too tired to do that.

I'm a way better singer than she.

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(slang, with positive adjective) Very.

I'm way tired.

String theory is way cool, except for the math.

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(informal) Far.

I used to live way over there.

The farmhouse is way down the bottom of the hill.

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(only in reply to no way) It is true.
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(obsolete) To travel.
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The name of the letter for the w sound in Pitman shorthand.
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Christianity (in translations of texts from the 1st century AD, notably the Acts of the Apostles)
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(Sussex) The South Downs Way.

We're walking along the Way now.

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Origin of way

From Middle English wei, wai, weighe, from Old English weġ, from Proto-Germanic *wegaz, from Proto-Indo-European *weǵʰ-. Cognate with West Frisian wei, Low German Weg, Dutch weg, German Weg, Danish vej, Swedish väg, Latin vehō, via, Albanian udhë.